Marissa Carruthers

Marissa is a British journalist of 15 years, who relocated to Cambodia almost six years ago. She writes about lifestyle, travel and culture across Southeast Asia and has been contributing to the Post for the last five years.
Marissa Carruthers
Marissa is a British journalist of 15 years, who relocated to Cambodia almost six years ago. She writes about lifestyle, travel and culture across Southeast Asia and has been contributing to the Post for the last five years.

Latest from Marissa Carruthers

Sanctuary plan for Myanmar elephants in captivity to save them from conflict or performing for tourists

Thousands of Myanmar elephants which found themselves out of a job after a government clampdown on the logging industry are being thrown a lifeline.

18 Mar 2019 - 9:03PM
Sanctuary plan for Myanmar elephants in captivity to save them from conflict or performing for tourists

Thousands of Myanmar elephants which found themselves out of a job after a government clampdown on the logging industry are being thrown a lifeline.

Deported from US to Cambodia for crimes, returnees find a purpose running offbeat tours for visitors

They grew up in America. Expelled to Cambodia for committing even minor crimes, many struggle, but a tour agency is changing that. Zin Adventures shows visitors hidden aspects of Cambodia and shows deportees they are not alone.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:21AM
Deported from US to Cambodia for crimes, returnees find a purpose running offbeat tours for visitors

They grew up in America. Expelled to Cambodia for committing even minor crimes, many struggle, but a tour agency is changing that. Zin Adventures shows visitors hidden aspects of Cambodia and shows deportees they are not alone.

All you need to know about Tet, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, what to eat, where to go and what to do

Similar to China, Vietnam’s new year is all about visiting the family, eating special dishes, and making plenty of noise. From flowers to temples, from fireworks to food to travel, here’s our guide to Tet.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:06PM
All you need to know about Tet, Vietnam’s Lunar New Year, what to eat, where to go and what to do

Similar to China, Vietnam’s new year is all about visiting the family, eating special dishes, and making plenty of noise. From flowers to temples, from fireworks to food to travel, here’s our guide to Tet.

Langkawi at a crossroads: can ecosystem that draws tourists survive rising visitor numbers?

Tourism is a double-edged sword for the ecologically rich Unesco geopark in Malaysia; authorities and the archipelago’s tourism industry are working together to reduce the impact of rising visitor numbers.

27 Jan 2019 - 6:08PM
Langkawi at a crossroads: can ecosystem that draws tourists survive rising visitor numbers?

Tourism is a double-edged sword for the ecologically rich Unesco geopark in Malaysia; authorities and the archipelago’s tourism industry are working together to reduce the impact of rising visitor numbers.

Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up

Separated as babies from their mothers, kept tightly chained, prodded with bull hooks to perform - Asia’s elephants suffer; groups promoting the right way to interact with the animals urge tourists to report cruelty.

19 Dec 2018 - 6:24AM
Elephant tourism: the fight in Asia against unethical operators steps up

Separated as babies from their mothers, kept tightly chained, prodded with bull hooks to perform - Asia’s elephants suffer; groups promoting the right way to interact with the animals urge tourists to report cruelty.

Beyond Phnom Penh’s Russian Market, the hippest neighbourhood in Cambodian capital bursts with cafes, bars and boutiques

The Toul Tom Poung neighbourhood has risen to become one of the Cambodian capital’s coolest areas. Home to Russian Market, the area is now famed for its boutique bars and unique eateries.

4 Dec 2018 - 7:30PM
Beyond Phnom Penh’s Russian Market, the hippest neighbourhood in Cambodian capital bursts with cafes, bars and boutiques

The Toul Tom Poung neighbourhood has risen to become one of the Cambodian capital’s coolest areas. Home to Russian Market, the area is now famed for its boutique bars and unique eateries.

Safe travel destinations for LGBT people? There’s an app for that now

The GeoSure app ranks 30,000 neighbourhoods on a scale from 1 to 100 using crime, economic and other data; the lower the score, the safer the are. Here, we highlight some of the safest places to enjoy a holiday if you’re LGBT.

20 Nov 2018 - 6:41PM
Safe travel destinations for LGBT people? There’s an app for that now

The GeoSure app ranks 30,000 neighbourhoods on a scale from 1 to 100 using crime, economic and other data; the lower the score, the safer the are. Here, we highlight some of the safest places to enjoy a holiday if you’re LGBT.

The best things to do and see in Da Nang, Vietnam, on a short trip

Check out our two-day itinerary of the best things to do in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s fastest-developing cities.

13 Nov 2018 - 8:02PM
The best things to do and see in Da Nang, Vietnam, on a short trip

Check out our two-day itinerary of the best things to do in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s fastest-developing cities.

Cambodian women who flouted archaic rules are now role models promoting gender equality

Generations of rural Cambodian girls were taught traditional rules for how to be a ‘proper woman’, dutiful wife and home maker. Some rebelled, determined to carve their own paths, and have earned the respect of their parents’ generation.

6 Nov 2018 - 9:06PM
Cambodian women who flouted archaic rules are now role models promoting gender equality

Generations of rural Cambodian girls were taught traditional rules for how to be a ‘proper woman’, dutiful wife and home maker. Some rebelled, determined to carve their own paths, and have earned the respect of their parents’ generation.

Beyond Angkor Wat: get out into the country, see real Cambodia and spread the tourist dollars

The temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s top tourist draw, but they overshadow what the countryside around them has to offer visitors. A new initiative aims to encourage tourists to stay longer and explore the ‘real’ Siem Reap.

31 Oct 2018 - 8:48AM
Beyond Angkor Wat: get out into the country, see real Cambodia and spread the tourist dollars

The temples of Angkor are Cambodia’s top tourist draw, but they overshadow what the countryside around them has to offer visitors. A new initiative aims to encourage tourists to stay longer and explore the ‘real’ Siem Reap.

No, not Songkran – that other water festival, in Cambodia, and its thrills

Also known as Bon Om Touk, the event draws more than one million Cambodians from the provinces to the capital for three days of boat races and other festivities.

23 Oct 2018 - 7:53PM
No, not Songkran – that other water festival, in Cambodia, and its thrills

Also known as Bon Om Touk, the event draws more than one million Cambodians from the provinces to the capital for three days of boat races and other festivities.

Phuket hotels unite to save ‘paradise island’ from plastic and overtourism

Hoteliers and retailers have united to curb their use of plastic, one of a number of steps they are taking to ensure pollution doesn’t ruin the once idyllic Thai island.

9 Oct 2018 - 6:37PM
Phuket hotels unite to save ‘paradise island’ from plastic and overtourism

Hoteliers and retailers have united to curb their use of plastic, one of a number of steps they are taking to ensure pollution doesn’t ruin the once idyllic Thai island.

Halloween tour planner: 10 of the most haunted places in Southeast Asia

An airport, public parks, a hotel, a former hospital, a castle – there’s no shortage of ghostly haunts in a region rife with superstition. What are you waiting for?

30 Oct 2018 - 3:23PM
Halloween tour planner: 10 of the most haunted places in Southeast Asia

An airport, public parks, a hotel, a former hospital, a castle – there’s no shortage of ghostly haunts in a region rife with superstition. What are you waiting for?

Why a dog meat seller switched to serving vegan menu, and Cambodia’s fight to curb slaughter of dogs for food

Eating dog meat is popular in Buddhist Cambodia, but animal rights activists are trying to change this by pointing out the health risks of its consumption. One couple was persuaded to drastically change their business.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Why a dog meat seller switched to serving vegan menu, and Cambodia’s fight to curb slaughter of dogs for food

Eating dog meat is popular in Buddhist Cambodia, but animal rights activists are trying to change this by pointing out the health risks of its consumption. One couple was persuaded to drastically change their business.

Five of the best places to go off grid in Asia, get back to nature and away from office phone calls

Nowadays it’s hard to disconnect from our busy lives, even when we go on holiday. So why not throw caution – and mobile phone reception – to the wind and head to a remote, untouched corner of Asia? There are plenty to choose from.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Five of the best places to go off grid in Asia, get back to nature and away from office phone calls

Nowadays it’s hard to disconnect from our busy lives, even when we go on holiday. So why not throw caution – and mobile phone reception – to the wind and head to a remote, untouched corner of Asia? There are plenty to choose from.

How to have the perfect group holiday: choose a leader, allow for different interests, and plan, plan, plan

Going on holiday with a big group of friends and family can be amazing fun, but can quickly turn into a disaster without effective planning. Here are some tips on making the getaway a success.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How to have the perfect group holiday: choose a leader, allow for different interests, and plan, plan, plan

Going on holiday with a big group of friends and family can be amazing fun, but can quickly turn into a disaster without effective planning. Here are some tips on making the getaway a success.

One of Asia’s best-kept secrets is a tropical island getaway – go before the rest do

Phu Quoc in Vietnam boasts powder white beaches, evergreen forests, and stunning national parks. Backpackers got there first, and luxury hotels have followed.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
One of Asia’s best-kept secrets is a tropical island getaway – go before the rest do

Phu Quoc in Vietnam boasts powder white beaches, evergreen forests, and stunning national parks. Backpackers got there first, and luxury hotels have followed.

Tour operators’ tips to avoid the crowds at Asia’s most popular tourist destinations

Angkor Wat, Halong Bay and Inle Lake all have one thing in common: terrible overcrowding that annoys tourists and residents alike. These similar but less crowded alternatives that allow you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

28 Aug 2018 - 10:00PM
Tour operators’ tips to avoid the crowds at Asia’s most popular tourist destinations

Angkor Wat, Halong Bay and Inle Lake all have one thing in common: terrible overcrowding that annoys tourists and residents alike. These similar but less crowded alternatives that allow you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

A single parent’s guide to travelling with children: tips and tours that ease the burden

Travelling alone with children in tow can be a daunting prospect. We get advice from experienced single- and solo-parent travellers who delight in showing their children the world.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
A single parent’s guide to travelling with children: tips and tours that ease the burden

Travelling alone with children in tow can be a daunting prospect. We get advice from experienced single- and solo-parent travellers who delight in showing their children the world.

The latest natural therapy: how Japanese forest bathing gets you back in touch with yourself and mother earth

A walk through trees or sitting under a tree have been shown to be relaxing and therapeutic. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku as the Japanese call it, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. So get out there and hug a tree.

7 Aug 2018 - 6:15PM
The latest natural therapy: how Japanese forest bathing gets you back in touch with yourself and mother earth

A walk through trees or sitting under a tree have been shown to be relaxing and therapeutic. Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku as the Japanese call it, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. So get out there and hug a tree.

Sam Smith meets sacred in gay troupe’s apsara dance – ‘This is the new Cambodia, inclusive, compassionate and brave’

Cambodian American upended 1,400 years of tradition by using gay men to portray apsaras – celestial nymphs who seduce mortals with their beauty – in classical dance. Their mould-breaking show is winning recognition and fans.

27 Jul 2018 - 11:21AM
Sam Smith meets sacred in gay troupe’s apsara dance – ‘This is the new Cambodia, inclusive, compassionate and brave’

Cambodian American upended 1,400 years of tradition by using gay men to portray apsaras – celestial nymphs who seduce mortals with their beauty – in classical dance. Their mould-breaking show is winning recognition and fans.

How luxury tourism could help preserve biggest rainforest in Southeast Asia and its rare wildlife

Travellers to Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains can enjoy nature at its best, while helping to save the rainforest and its wildlife from logging and poaching, thanks to the launch of innovative tourism projects to support conservation.

25 Jul 2018 - 12:02PM
How luxury tourism could help preserve biggest rainforest in Southeast Asia and its rare wildlife

Travellers to Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains can enjoy nature at its best, while helping to save the rainforest and its wildlife from logging and poaching, thanks to the launch of innovative tourism projects to support conservation.

Cambodia’s central Kampong Cham province’s idyllic rural life, bamboo bridge and wellness

Kampong Cham province has the Mekong River, temples, what was the longest bamboo bridge in the world and a relaxing rural vibe. The charming provincial capital of the same name is best explored by bicycle

20 Jun 2018 - 10:04AM
Cambodia’s central Kampong Cham province’s idyllic rural life, bamboo bridge and wellness

Kampong Cham province has the Mekong River, temples, what was the longest bamboo bridge in the world and a relaxing rural vibe. The charming provincial capital of the same name is best explored by bicycle

Cambodia’s Kratié province offers an idyllic rural escape on the banks of the Mekong River, with dolphin watching, and home stays

In the second instalment shining the spotlight on Cambodia’s rising destinations, Marissa Carruthers visits the eastern province of Kratié to experience nature and get a taste of rural life.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Cambodia’s Kratié province offers an idyllic rural escape on the banks of the Mekong River, with dolphin watching, and home stays

In the second instalment shining the spotlight on Cambodia’s rising destinations, Marissa Carruthers visits the eastern province of Kratié to experience nature and get a taste of rural life.

Kep in Cambodia: beach retreat favoured by country’s kings and French colonial elite is undergoing a revival

In the first of three instalments looking at Cambodia’s rising destinations, we visit the coastal resort of Kep, which is looking to reclaim its rightful title as the St Tropez of Southeast Asia

29 May 2018 - 6:19PM
Kep in Cambodia: beach retreat favoured by country’s kings and French colonial elite is undergoing a revival

In the first of three instalments looking at Cambodia’s rising destinations, we visit the coastal resort of Kep, which is looking to reclaim its rightful title as the St Tropez of Southeast Asia

Why are wheelchair-friendly travel options in Asia so lacking? Plus five accessible tourist attractions among region’s best

While some progress is being made across the continent to improve access, much of Asia remains inaccessible to wheelchair users. We talk to the people trying to do something about the problem

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Why are wheelchair-friendly travel options in Asia so lacking? Plus five accessible tourist attractions among region’s best

While some progress is being made across the continent to improve access, much of Asia remains inaccessible to wheelchair users. We talk to the people trying to do something about the problem

Ancient martial art that spawned Muay Thai undergoes a rebirth in Cambodia thanks to a tireless grandmaster

Thought to date back 2,000 years and depicted on temple walls at Angkor, bokator was almost wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. One man, San Kim Sean, has devoted his life to reviving it, and slowly but surely it is gaining recognition

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Ancient martial art that spawned Muay Thai undergoes a rebirth in Cambodia thanks to a tireless grandmaster

Thought to date back 2,000 years and depicted on temple walls at Angkor, bokator was almost wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. One man, San Kim Sean, has devoted his life to reviving it, and slowly but surely it is gaining recognition

Songkran, everything you need to know about Thailand’s famous new year water fight

Songkran is one of Thailand’s biggest celebrations and more than half a million tourists join the water fights. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the event, what not to do, and other activities if you prefer to stay dry

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Songkran, everything you need to know about Thailand’s famous new year water fight

Songkran is one of Thailand’s biggest celebrations and more than half a million tourists join the water fights. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the event, what not to do, and other activities if you prefer to stay dry

Tips for solo female travellers on booking safe accommodation plus women-only options in Asia

Paying careful attention to reviews, checking out the area on Google maps and opting for places with female-only dorms or floors among advice for safe travel

10 Mar 2018 - 7:11PM
Tips for solo female travellers on booking safe accommodation plus women-only options in Asia

Paying careful attention to reviews, checking out the area on Google maps and opting for places with female-only dorms or floors among advice for safe travel

Retired landmine detection dogs find a home at Cambodian charity after working in ‘some of the most horrific parts of the world’

In the first of a three-part series on man’s best friend to mark the Year of the Dog, we talk to Home of Heroes founder Yulia Khouri on her retirement home for de-mining dogs in a country still littered with deadly unexploded ordnance

22 Feb 2018 - 12:22PM
Retired landmine detection dogs find a home at Cambodian charity after working in ‘some of the most horrific parts of the world’

In the first of a three-part series on man’s best friend to mark the Year of the Dog, we talk to Home of Heroes founder Yulia Khouri on her retirement home for de-mining dogs in a country still littered with deadly unexploded ordnance

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